Marital status and social welfare entitlements
For the purposes of most social welfare payments in Ireland (for example, Jobseeker's Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance), couples who are cohabiting (living together) are treated in the same way as married couples or civil partners.
Widow's/Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension
However, your marital status does affect your entitlement to Widow's/Widower's
or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension or Widow's/Widower's
or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-Contributory) Pension. You can only claim
Widow's/Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension if your spouse or civil
partner dies. The pension remains payable while you remain widowed or a
surviving civil partner. If you re-marry or start to cohabit, it is no longer
Where to apply
Further information about how your marital status can affect your
entitlements is available from your
local social welfare office. Staff can explain your entitlements and help
to fill in forms. In the case of Supplementary Welfare Allowance, contact the
Community Welfare Officer in your
local Intreo centre or social welfare branch office.